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Man talks of shock after finding abandoned baby

Russell Dobson found a baby who was abandoned on a doorstep in Horden, County Durham on 28th May 2015.

He had taken his dog for a walk and found the baby when his dog continued to bark at a bundle of blankets on the floor.

The mother of the baby later came forward to police. Read more here.


Baby injured in Hartlepool shopping centre incident

A seven-week-old baby boy has needed hospital treatment after an incident in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The infant was being pushed in his pram through the centre in Hartlepool at around 4pm on Monday 20th July.

A large cup containing cola and ice cubes landed in the pram, hitting the baby.

His parents took him to the University Hospital of North Tees where he was kept in overnight but did not receive any long-lasting injury.

Cleveland Police officers are looking into the circumstances of what happened and want witnesses to come forward.

Mother of baby found in wheelie bin identified

Police in Richmond believe they have identified the mother of a baby found dead in a wheelie bin on Monday (December 1).

Preliminary findings of a post mortem examination suggest the baby girl was stillborn.

We thank the local community and the media for their continued support and sensitivity regarding this tragic case.

We ask residents to remain patient and calm while the police enquiries continue. I particular please avoid any unhelpful or harmful speculation on social networking sites.

To provide further reassurance for residents, extra police patrols are being carried out in the local area.

– Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

Police are continuing their enquiries to establish the full facts in this incident.

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Mum fears her baby was stolen

A North Yorkshire mother fears she may be a victim of a Spanish baby trafficking scandal.

Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in a Spanish hospital just hours after she was born - but now she believes her baby was stolen and sold for adoption by a criminal network of Spanish doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. More to follow.